vista/leopard file sharing through external hdd (?)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mediumofmeaning, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. mediumofmeaning macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2007
    I recently installed vista on my imac via bootcamp, and wanted a little more space so I opted for 32g+/ntfs formatting. As I understand, though, this means less compatibility in regards to reading and writing files between the two.

    I am curious if -- were I to buy an external hard drive -- I would be able to easily share files (itunes library, some graphics work, etc) between the two OSes, and ideally, also use the said HD for time machine back up. If so, does anyone have any recommendations on external HDDs? it really need not be more than 160gb. Thanks for any help.
  2. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    What hdd you get will not mater. If you want it to work with MacOS and Windows you will either have to a) format it FAT32, b) format it NTFS and use MacFUSE with experimental NTFS write support, or c) format it HFS+ and install MacDrive on Windows. If you also want to use it for Time Machine it will either have to be HFS+(Journaled) fully or have a partition formatted as such.

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